Claremore Daily Progress

January 8, 2014

Former commissioner Baldridge arrested

Mark Friedel
Staff Reporter


Former Rogers County Commissioner Randy Baldridge, 44, was arrested Wednesday after he was found harboring a 16-year-old junvenile runaway from Tulsa. 
The Rogers County THUG Task Force made contact with Baldridge at a Tiawah residence, where they found the juvenile, along with evidence of methamphetamine and paraphernalia supplied by Baldridge in the boy’s backpack.
Rogers County Sheriff Scott Walton said deputies were able to get the juvenile teenager back to his residence in Tulsa County. 
A second runaway juvenile had been at the address on multiple occasions for extended periods of time, according to Walton. 
At the time of arrest, the second juvenile was not able to be located.
Walton said there were indications that Baldridge had been harboring teenage boys on the run not only from Tulsa but in the Rogers County area for some time.
Baldridge’s residence is located less than 200 feet from Tiawah Elementary School.
His charges include harboring endangered runaway, possession of controlled substance within 1,000 feet of school property, possession of unlawful paraphernalia and distributing dangerous substance to minor.
As a county commissioner in 2006, Baldridge was arrested and found guilty for charges, including obtaining money by fraud, money laundering, mail fraud and conspiracy.